NFL from the sidelines
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
More draft tidbits
NFLDraftScout.com sent me its pre-combine top 250 players.
Space does not permit me to list the entire thing, but I did take a close look at the top 50, which would roughly be the top two tiers of players.
Each draft has its 10 to 15 studs and then you can usually throw a blanket over the next 35 to 40 picks – beauty is in the eye of the beholder:
In that 25 to 40 range, you're looking at 25. Derek Sherrod, the offensive tackle from Missssippi State; 27. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado; 29. Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; 30. Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State; 31. Mike Pouncey, G, Florida; 33. Aaron Williams, CB, Texas; 34. Danny Watkins, G, Baylor; 36. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Obviously, things can change depending on how a guy works out, but there's some solid football players at need positions for the Steelers. I don't think Paea would fit in the Steelers' scheme as a nose tackle, but he's quick enough to play end - ala. Kemo von Oelhoffen.
© Bogdog always sends me listings of some odds they have on their site. One that piqued my interest was one that asked who would run the fastest 40, Cam Newton or Josh Portis?
Newton was -130, while Portis was even money.
For those of you who don't know, Portis spent the past two seasons at California University of Pennsylvania after originally being recuited by Florida, where he was a backup to Tim Tebow. Newton was also at Florida at the time.
He also spent time at Maryland before transferring to Cal.